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and have an impact and obviously israel, which is having already grave concerns as we do about, for example, movements of chemical weapons that might occur in such a chaotic atmosphere. and that could have an impact not just within syria, but on the region as a whole. i'm encouraged to see that the syrian opposition created an umbrella group that may have more cohesion than they had in the past. we're going to be talking to them, my envoys will be traveling to, you know, various meetings that are going to be taking place want international community and the opposition. we consider them a legitimate representation of the aspirations of the syrian people. we're not yet prepared to recognize them as some sort of government in exile, but we do think that it is a broad-based representative group. one of the questions that we're going to continue to press is making sure that opposition is committed to a democratic syria, an inclusive syria, a moderate syria. we have seen extremist elements insinuate themselves into the opposition. and, you know, one of the things we have to be on guard about, par
-800-medicare. >>> turning to the middle east. aljabari's car came after benjamin netanyahu warned that israel would retaliate for the increased rocket attacks from gaza. this was a first in a series of air strikes. eight so far in gaza today. i want to bring in sarah who is joining us from jerusalem with the latest on this. this was a very big deal here. i mean, he was very important symbolically and also in the military. >> absolutely. s he was head of the military wing of the merl wing. he was killed today in an air strike along side another person inside of a vehicle. we are getting conflicting reports. one says that was his bodyguard. a website from the military wing says that was, indeed, his son. it could be one in the same person, but we do know that at least six people have been killed in air strikes. we now are up to 11 air strikes over the past several hours. israel has been flying over gaza and hitting very targeted areas and looking for certain targets specifically. what we also know from israel is that they are prepared for a ground war. however, they have the boots, they have th
? and what does that mean for is cale and the -- israel and rest of the middle east? former ambassador to the u.n. dan gillerman will be with us moments away. he will give us his perspective coming up. bill: a surprise announcement from israel. president ehud barak says he is quit politics but will stay on after the january elections in israel. often seen as a moderating force and in considering possible military action. he is 70 years old. he says he wants to spend more time with his family. that news out of israel. martha: it is a very busy morning here in "america's newsroom.". ahead evidence iran has used the recent israel-gaza crisis as a bit of distraction from the rest of the world. we have details on secret operations ahead in a fox news exclusive. bill: was this a white house cover up after the days after the attacks in benghazi and the days before? there are new allegations from leading republicans on that. kt mcfarland will break it down. >> it is assumed the proportions of any other major scandal in this town. there are many layers to the onions. there are all kinds of ques
between israel and hamas so far have come up short. >> the rocket attacks on israeli towns must end. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton met with palestinian leaders this morning as talks continue to end the blood shed. >> at this stage nobody really knows. >>> millions of americans head out to their thanksgiving destinations. >> it is game on for more than 43 million americans hitting the roads. >> more than 3 million of us are expected to fly to our destinations this holiday. >> it's going to be so jammed up, listen to this, tsa agents say passengers are being asked to grope themselves. >>> birth control pills should be sold over the counter say a number of doctors. >>> shake-up on sesame street. a man behind elmo announces he will be leaving the show after another accusation by underage boys. >> ban public nudity. >>> and score from high school basketball that's hard to believe. 138 points from one guy. if you don't believe me, you don't know jack. >> and all that matters. >> thanksgiving united states of america and you're taking on quite somethin
. >>> in cairo, talks began between palestinians and israel. egypt is working with the two sides. they're negotiating a new border arrangements for the gaza strip. the palestinians want a complete lifting of a block aid while israel wants and ends to arms smuggling. >>> forensic experts arrived at tel aviv today, teams from switzerland, russia and france will take three samples of yassi yassir arafat's body to determine what killed him nearly eight years ago. >> we hope that all these experts will manage to basically finds what we're looking for, the truth. >> arafat's widow and many other palestinians believe he was poisoned. earlier this year a swiss lab found what it called significant traces of pulonium210 on his tooth brush. the investigation could take months. >> it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. >> bounce houses, they're becoming increasingly popular at parties and in people's back yards. but with that, comes increasing danger. the numbers to back up the warning from the doctors. >>> a symbolic move by nfl cheerleaders. why they shaved their heads in the middle of
israel killed the military leader of the palestinian militant group hamas, in an air strike. look. this is the car in gaza, carrying the hamas commander as an israeli rocket hits it. israel said this was retaliation for rockets fired by palestinian militants. overall, israel hitting 20 targets. it's being called the most serious escalation in violence there in four years. >>> and back here at home, a very big drama today, about the meningitis outbreak. the man who owns that drug factory, contaminated by fungus, came to be grilled on capitol hill. and in the same room, the families of those who died, giving gripping testimony, saying, it is a nightmare that will not end. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the man whose company produced drugs that sickened and killed so many -- >> anything you can say to them? >> reporter: ran a gauntlet of reporters. >> why not? >> reporter: he said nothing about his pharmacy that made drugs for debilitating back pain. the conditions were deplorable. dirty floors, clean rooms with mold or bacterial growth. the steroids produced here infected e
with israel, and the united states. and anybody else belonging to the u.n. just for some context here, though, the plo has been a permanent observer. that's been their status since 1974. and that has given palestinians the right to speak out and be heard at the assembly. but it doesn't give them a right to vote. richard roth, who covers the u.n. extensively and is our cnn favorite on this topic, is there to really give a little more context as to what they wanted to and what kind of status it would give them and how far up in status it would actually elevate them. richard, tell us what it means. >> okay. first, just to clarify, hamas not really here with the palestinians. the palestinian president abbas is in new york, met with the secretary general last night. yes, this is, as usual with the u.n., words matter. sometimes one letter in a document could be a time bomb. what we have here is the u.n. upgrading later today the status of the palestinians here. they are in effect going to become sort of a state within a group of states. but really, as you mentioned, they won't have the right to vot
of a palestinian state. that's a move fiercely opposed by the u.s. and by israel. however, in the west bank, fireworks went off and the celebration was on. the vote upgraded palestine to a nonmember, nonvoting observer status at the u.n. the palestinian delegation unfurled its flag right there on the floor of the general assembly. the u.s., israel, and allies oppose the vote saying it was all premature. >>> the american soldier accused of leaking a trove of classified documents to wikileaks will be questioned in a military court again today. private first-class bradley manning took the stand in a pretrial hearing yesterday making his first public statement since his arrest two years ago. manning wants his case thrown out, claiming he suffered unlawful punishment during his first year in detention. >>> there are reports of a settlement in a sex scandal that made international headlines. no details yet on the agreement between former international monetary fund chief dominique strauss-kahn. you guys probably remember this story. as well as the new york city hotel maid who had accused him of s
mortar shell landed at an israeli base in the golan heights. israel warning the united nations that while the response is measured this time, it will respond with greater force if is syria's civil war continued to spill over the border into israel. the israeli strike was the first direct engagement with syria in nearly 40 years. this image shows the destruction in the goal hahn heights during the 1973 yom kippur war. we'll have much more on the developing story. jenna: a frightening robbery caught on camera. how police think the suspects may have used superstorm sandy to their advantage. we'll have that. >>> dozens of people left homeless after a deadly house explosion destroys an entire main hood. what caused this blast? we're live with the latest on that mystery next. rick: right now some new information on some crime stories we're keeping an eye on for you. testimony concluding in the preliminary hearing for an american soldier charged with killing 16 afghan civilians. staff sergeant robert bales listened as several children testified by video link about the massacre on the 11th of mar
between israel and hamas? they're happening in egypt today. >> and $59 billion! retail records broken as americans crowded stores for some competitive shopping over the weekend. and now cyber monday is here. will shoppers be in even more of a spending mood? >> you want to talk about money? a new powerball jackpot. a new record in the cash payout. it's unreal. >> a packed two hours ahead for you this morning. new jersey congressman bill pascrell will be joining us, grover norquist, jamie rubin, dr. hanan ashrawi, will be our guest, peter billingsley from a christmas story, and grinle college hoops star jack taylor. remember him? big game he had the other day. and the one and only tony bennett, monday, november 26th. welcome, everybody, "starting point" this morning. is that a hint of compromise in the air on capitol hill? 35 days left till we reach the fiscal cliff. and a couple of key republicans are now suggesting that they're willing to forego their no tax pledge to try to get a budget deal done and avoid massive tax hikes, and spending cuts that will come in the new year. brand-new
radioactive element called polonium. they believe israel is behind any poisoning of arafat. the spokesman for benjamin netanyahu tells our own wolf blitzer that they had nothing to do with arafat's death. he died in 2004 after having a brain hemorrge and slip sboog a coma. and the justice department started talks on the fast and furious lawsuit. republicans want to force attorney general eric holder to turn over certain documents tied to the gun trafficking operation. the obama administration has withheld these documents under executive privilege. holder tells cnn "i think there's a deal that can be struck." and we will bring you more on this very important story in the next hour of "the situation room." and the u.s. navy wants to replace the aging fleet of marine one helicopters. reuter reports the navy plans to buy 25 new helicopters used to transport the president. that's according to a draft request for the proposal. the first of the new helicopters would be ready in 2020. you might recall in 2009 the navy failed at its attempt to buy new marine one helicopters when a program run by l
in the middle east, after israel unleashes a deadly assault that takes out a leader of hamas? >> growing tension in the area of the country. a hot spot. >>> we'll head to the great northwest on the trail of bigfoot. we follow the die-hard big foot hunters determined to track down the legendary beast. >>> and one week until thanksgiving. rub your belly, please. i can't wait to eat. >> it's time. >> disney our parent company helping usher in the season with colorful windows and clothes and all for a very good cause. >>> but first, the president takes a one-day break from his budget crisis to view firsthand all the mess that sandy left behind here along the east coast. new york governor andrew cuomo and new york city mayor michael bloomberg will accompany the president has he views the damage. >> the trip follows his first news conference of the president's second term. abc's jonathan karl was there. >> reporter: in his first comments on the sex scandal that brought down his cia director, the president said petraeus failed to meet his own standard but he also praised him. >> we are safer because of
of rage. israel shoots down hamas missiles and we'll have more on this late in the program and the calculating the cliff. cover of cq weekly. republicans are talking about higher taxes as the president presses issue. and then there's this story from the "washington post". headline. aarp flexes muscle in debt talks the lo big power house for older americans last year made a doctor make it a concession amid a national debate over where overhauling national security. the group said it was open the cuts in benefits. liberal groups that apposed changes was enormous and this time around as washington debates how to tame the debt, aarp is flat lay posed to any benefit reduction. rejection of any significant changes to the safety net could be a major factor as policy making seeking a deal to put the government's finances in order through raising taxes and cutting spending possibly the popular entitlement as medicare and social securitys news makers at ten and 7:00 eastern on the west coast. the current head of the financial services roundtable. he weighed in on all of this on a pro
, egypt, this morning. as you know egypt has been a key player in brokering the cease-fire between israel and hamas. today in cairo, mediators continue talks with israel. topics will include opening border crossing and easing israel's economic blockade in gaza. the ongoing talks come as the palestinian authority leaders go before the united nations this week to renew their bid for statehood. >>> also new this morning, israel's defense minister says he will leave his post in january. ehud barak says he wants to spend more time with his family. but there's been a lot of buzz he's forming a new party. he's led israel's military for the last five years and served as the nation's prime minister for a couple of years before that. >>> is it over, grover? republicans back away from grover norquist's anti-tax pledge. what do republicans want in return? that's our talk back question today. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans
cause of death is listed as a stroke. many palestinians believe he was poisoned by israel. that something israel denies. the bottom line here in life he was controversial and in death, bill, he also remains very controversial. bill: what is this pallonium poison? >> it is a radioactive element that can be extremely, extremely deadly. according to u.s. regulatory, nuclear regulatory commission it emits radiation that can essentially destroy human tissue. it can not we are told penetrate skin. if ingested it can cause deadly harm to dna, to main body organs and as well as we are told the immune system. and this particular isotope is so powerful, bill, that we're told that an amount as small as the size of a grain of salt can be deadly. another thing to keep in mind is that it decays very, very quickly. it has a very short half-life. in other words, officials say, after 2 1/2 years it might be very hard to detect. that means after arafat has been buried since 2004, whatever results are reached might in fact be inconclusive. bill? bill: david lee miller, a good mystery you hav
, on the constitution and the attack on the judges right after he brokered the deal between israel and hamas. so he was already rending services in the international community and then asking for a license at home. it's really basically a page from the book of hosni mubarak. i think in washington, there is great uncertainty, what to do with the islamists in power. this is not just from this crisis of november 2b 22nd, this crisis of the last week behind us. this has been the case since the fall of the dictatorship of hosni mubarak, what to do with the islamists in egypt, what to do with the islamists in tunisia and what to do with the rise of the islamists in the region as a whole. >> over the weekend, senator john mccain said, our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy. if you add up all the economic and military assistance the u.s. gives egypt every year, it's about $1.5 billion. should that be used as leverage to try to get egypt back on this democracy road? >> well, i usually have great deference to the opinions of senator mccain. i see things on national security th
. their relationship goes back years and years and years. in fact, i was reading one of the israeli newspapers. israel today ran no fewer than four opinion pieces just yesterday endorsing romney. what happens now, christiane, in this relationship between netanyahu and obama? >> well, what happens now is that obama is the president of the united states. netanyahu is the prime minister of israel. and they have to work together. these are two countries which stand side by side. there in no doubt in anybody's mind that the united states stands firmly for the security of israel, the intercommunity knows. it yes, there has been a cool relationship between netanyahu and obama, however netanyahu did congratulate the president this morning and said the strategic reliance between israel and the u.s. is stronger than ever. i will continue to work with president obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of israel. so, again, no doubt where the united states stands the strong security and protection of israel. the real issue of course that has divided them, one, iran. a
gauze why and israel and playing out in egypt. bring us up to speed. the rebels made some advancements. >> the rebels have scored some successes. they have captured a couple of rather small but still significant military installations, one little air base, they got a tank out of it, they destroyed a couple of helicopters, destroyed another couple of tanks that was seen -- because it was very close to damascus, seen as a major victory for them. moreover, moreover they changed their strategy. their strategy of trying to go into a major city, take it, and hold it. and they get pulverized in bombing campaigns that took so much of a toll on the civilian population. going right after the military, the military centers in and doing so, they're gaining arms. and expertise. there are more people that are joining them, the syrian military still a formidable force and the rebels probably not a match for them toe to toe but gaining strength. >> we know the geography, turkey to the north, turkey considering putting missiles on the border now? >> they're asking nato to consider it. they're sending a
between israel and hamas is facing a test this morning. amid reports of a deadly shoot i ing. it happened in the border town of khan younis. sara sidner is in jerusalem. what can you tell us about this, sara? >> reporter: carol, we're hearing from the health ministry in gaza, saying the 25 people were injured, one person killed in the past 24 hours. they're saying that it was farmers who were in the area of east of khan younis in gaza, border area. we also heard from the israeli military who has a very different story, saying several groups of men had come up to the border, the fence, tried to go over on to the israeli side, protesting israel, that the soldiers fired in the air as a warning shot and then fired at their legs. the israeli military not commenting and not confirming yet because they're investigating whether or not someone was killed or whether there are any injuries. but at this point the health department is saying that, indeed, there were several injuries. this is coming at a very intense time. as you know, it's not even been 48 hours since the cease fire was put in place a
and is expected to pass. >> keep in mind the united states and israel are both opposed to the resolution. let's go to cnn foreign affairs reporter live in washington. good morning. >> good morning, brooke. israel very opposed to the move. the u.s. knows this move went give the palestinians what they want -- a state. this is largely symbolic. will have no effect on sovereignty or borders. hillary clinton met with president abbas and tried to assure him not to go ahead with the move. let's listen to what she told reporters yesterday. sfm know matter what happens it will not change what i support. the only way to get a lasting solution is to commence direct negotiations and we need an environment conducive to that. we have urged both parties to refrain from actions that might in any way make a return to meaningful negotiations -- >> now, brooke, president abbas promised to return to negotiations after the vote. but with israel so opposed to the move it doesn't seem likely. prime minister benjamin netanyahu slammed the resolution calling it one-sided saying it doesn't take into account israel's securi
that would boost their status on the world stage. the united states and israel have lobbied hard against the move warning it could backfire and actually set back palestinian hopes for full statehood and negotiated peace. but with some key european nations on board, palestinians view the vote as a game changer. cnn's frederik pleitgen reports from the west bank city of ramallah. >> reporter: the final rally before heading to new york, palestinian president mahmoud abass addressing supporters. the final decision is to head to the united nations tomorrow he says to enhance the position of palestine to an observers state in the united states and the first step to achieve all our national palestinian rights. if the palestinians win a majority in the u.n. general assemb assembly, the u.n. will recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state like the vatican. its territory to include the west bank, gaza and east jerusalem. >> for the world to begin to rectify a grave historical unjustice that the palestinians had undergone beginning with the creation of the state of israel in 1948. >> reporte
he may have been poisoned by israel. a claim israel denies. he died in paris in 2004, a month after falling suddenly ill at his west bank compound. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> the high financial cost of hurricane sandy is coming into focus. new york has requested $42 billion in aid and new jersey officials estimate they suffered at least $29 billion in losses, bringing the total of $71 billion in the two hardest hit states. sandy was in some ways worse than hurricane katrina, citing the high economic cost and property destruction. meanwhile, a top executive and a trustee for the power company have resigned in the wake of the company's slow response in getting power back to new yorkers on long island. >>> here's a look at some of the other stories topping the news right now. a fast-moving storm system sweeping through the mid-atlantic this morning bringing a wet mixture of rain and snow. the storm is expected to put down 1 to 3 inches of snow from west virginia
today besides that. today the u.s. and israel got outvoted 138-9 on a vote to grant palestinians sort of junior nation status at the u.n. palestine is not officially a country so they're not officially a member of the u.n. they officially get to be observers of what happens at the u.n. this was a symbolic stamp of international approval for the political legitimacy of the palestinians. it may not have much practical impact, but politically speaking, it was the u.s. and israel that were desperately trying to have this vote today not happen. so that we would not to be shown to be so isolated in the world in terms of our country's perspective and the israeli perspective on this issue. the u.s. knew that the vote would look this lopsided which is why we did not want the vote to happen, but it happened anyway and it happened just like we knew it would. now what? also on your plate, after president obama took his big historic trip to burma this month, the first time a u.s. president has ever visited burma, the burmese government today attacked their own people using what is being described
between israel and hamas is still holding this morning. prayers whil supporters celebrate the truce as a victory in hamas. reaction is not as clear cut in israel. in tel aviv, where some people say the military offensive ended too soon. allen, iolation of charlie, the first violation of the cease fire occurred this morning, hamas and saying that israeli troops shot and killed a young palestinian ple when a group of 25 people tried to go into their fields says therder fence. the group, called rioters, was rying to raise the hamas flag nd damage the fence, israel says. fisher three mile zone along the shore. net result was that gaza went fom being a self sufficient dersrter of fish to an importer. d to borders are also supposed ng open but israel won't do that onene fell swoop. troops and armors are pulling back but at a measured pace. >> gaza will stay quiet. willthing comes out of it, gaza izationsa quiet place. pinion iseoperate from gauza, te future is war as it was. >> reporter: polls show that 35% li israelis thought the air war insulthave gone on longer. group of soldiers spel
're hearing shaseveral people have been killed in these attacks. militants have a new warning after israel takes out a top hamas commander. gregg: new questions for the attorney general. what he knew about the investigation into former cia director david petraeus. and was he right to keep word of the affair from the president? we'll ask former attorney general alberto gonzales. martha: the white house, the scene of a big meeting on the so-called fiscal cliff tomorrow. what both sides are saying about taxes, the deficit, and the chances that we could reach a real deal. >> i do think that the spirit of cooperation that you've seen over the last week from myself and my team, from democrats across the aisle. from the president. have created an atmosphere where i think that, i'm, remain optimistic. gregg: welcome back. hard to believe. thanks give something just around the corner. dozens of us airways flight attendants though are picketing at phoenix's sky harbor airport demanding more money and a new contract. without a deal, they warn they may go on strike. the flight attendants have been wor
's relationship with, israel. a live report from jerusalem on that, martha. martha: with the election over both sides are talking about compromise on capitol hill right now. can we expect that? as washington comes back and gets down to business. tell me what you think about that. send me a tweet @marthamaccallum. can we expect some deal-making? we'll be back. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios bill: there is new violence in the streets of athens, greece. watch here. the [shouting]. bill: rioters are back and out in force on the streets of athens hurling firebombs at police as the parliament there okays new austerity measures to get hands on vital bailout money, money that it needs. amy kellogg live in london this. amy? >> reporter: bill, as you can see the situation is bad. that is violence that flared
inserted himself into the peace agreement between israel and hamas. >> he negotiated a cease-fire between israel and hamas, the words were not out of president obama's mouth praising him for this, offering to help him with half a billion dollars of aid, convincing the imf to give him almost $5 billion of aid and what did morsi do? e seized all the controls of power. already got the parliament and the presidency, put his guys in the military and taking over. connell: in the old days they used to say hosni mubarak was not the best guy in the world but the u.s. can work with him. what about now? >> that is an important difference to make because he was a dictator, hosni mubarak was that he was our guy, pro-american and kept peace with israel. the new guy is a dictator too but not necessarily our guy. not necessarily pro-american. he is part of the muslim brotherhood which is a movement going through the entire middle east now, hijacking the arabs spring and they are anti-american, anti israeli and islamist. dagen: why not pull our funding from the country? >> what we should do is say to them
role in the cease-fire between israel and hamas, but now is he the target of mass protests. they are denouncing president morsi as a dictator. all this for a new set of orders and declarations he made basically giving giving himself absolute power at least until egypt's constitution is finished. who exactly is the man behind all of this praise and protest? we've been learning so much more about him and seeing so much more of him as we've watched the talk of israel and gaza this week. let's bring in nadia belichick to talk a little bit more about mohammed mossey. he actually wasn't even his party's first choice, right? >> correct. he wasn't. morsi is not particularly charismatic. he has been called a dull technocrat and sometimes a spare tire. because of various technicalities as to who was eligible, he was one of the few who was eligible to run for president. >> he studied in the united states? i mean, we know a little bit about him, but not a whole lot. that's true? >> yes, correct. he got his doctorate many engineering from the university of southern california, although
. >>> in the middle east, growing concerns that israel is being drawn into the syrian civil war. the israeli military says tank scored a direct hit on a launcher after a stray mortar fell into the golan heights. it has already been in turkey and jordan. >>> john macafee. the multimillionaire, macafee, his name, and lives in belize where his next door neighbor has been found shot to death. police describe 67-year-old macafee as a person of interest in the case. >>> three children are among five family members found dead inside a toledo, ohio garage. police believe it is a case of murder/suicide. all five apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning from truck exhaust piped in through hoses. police say there was a custody battle over the children, ages 10, 6, 5. they had been in the care of their grandparents for a very long time. >>> florida power company worker paying dearly for a trip to new york to help the lights get back on after sandy. the lakeland electric lineman, john applewhite attacked as he walked into a new york restaurant last week. speculates the guy who hit him was mad about still havi
of this. list. . the indications we have or our convicts we have that israel have done this assassination but yet we still need an evidence. all of the investigation are -- all of the investigations are made to acquire the evidence so we can go with this evidence to find out who is behind the assassination and through which we will go to the international criminal court. >> okay. two questions for you, jim. first of all, do they have any evidence that that was true, that the israelis perhaps were behind killing arafat? would they take it to the hague? do they have this? >> if they had the evidence, i suppose they could. but the israelis have said we didn't have anything to do with this. they realize how explosive this was. did they want him dead? absolutely. absolutely. as tom friedman wrote in his book "from beirut to jerusalem" they saw arafat like hitler in his bunker, there was that much hatred for the man. he put the palestinians on the map. he resurrected them. he's resurrected at a time when, well, the palestinians are finally, you know, i don't know how he died but i can say what
at the u.n., folks. palestinians get a big reward from that organization. how the u.s. and israel is reacting to that move. we'll tell you. martha: plus everyone from president obama to rapper jay-z is on "time" magazine's short list for person of the year but what does it say about leadership and who we are looking to in america right now when this south korean internet sensation is a serious contender for the magazine's cover page? ♪ . [ malannouncer ] it'that time of year again. time for cii price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supp
, and overcontrolled by a centralized state that is growing like cudzu on a north georgia highway. >> israel should learn how? >> it's not enough to say you can't shoot your way to power, you've got to open up a diplomatic path. and will they open up a diplo t diplomatic path? and the question for the hamas group is will they accept israel? we don't know that. i would simply say that's now one of the half dozen fault lines out there in the middle east. you've got syria, the iranian nuclear thing, the constitutional struggle with an egypt. you potentially have jordan getting in the mix. plus you've now got the oldest of the issues, the israel israeli/palestinian issue. this is facing barack obama at a time he wants to do more in asia, deal with the fiscal cliff. welcome to your second term. >> a lot to do. richard haa ss. >> how did jerry adams do it? how did the irish terrorists as they were called before the peace deal, how did they not only enforce the peace but then turn to their own bad elements and say, step out of line, and we're going to crush you. >> one was, they couldn't shoot their way
a moment, to the tune of 30,000. >>> also this half hour, tensions flare in the middle east, israel reporting direct hits on syrian targets as syria's violence spills across more borders. >> yes, indeed. >>> also ahead, there's word from france this year's champagne harvest is the worst in 40 years. uh-oh, bad news for the french economy and bubbly lovers everywhere. heartbreaking news with new year's a few weeks away. people like a little bubbly on the 31st. do you like champagne? >> oui, oui-oui. >> oui-oui? [ speaking french ] i like some champagne. >> impressed. paula, very nice. au revoir. >> that's the extent of it. [ speaking french ] >> means shut your mouth, please. >> i'll be quiet. >> i should tell that to myself. >>> and then it's that time of year, fall fix-up and clean-up. we're going to have some of the best gadgets to help you get the job done. >> what job would that be? >> cleaning up. >> we begin with the major development in the unfolding scandal surrounding david petraeus. general john allen who's the top military commander of nato forces in afghanistan, well, he
this had measure, a sentiment echoed by israel. the vote was 138 in favor and nine opposed. u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice had very different reactions to the decision. >> translator: we came to a firm legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence and that is palestine. >> we have always been clear that only through direct negotiations between the parties can the palestinians and israelis achieve the peace that both deserve. >> palestinians view the u.n. vote as a big step toward eventual statehood. hours before the u.n. general assembly vote, u.n. put out a statement on its official twitter account. we all do that but theirs had a glaring typo. this says, quote, on day of solidarity with palestinians, ban ki moon stresses urgency of reaching a one-state solution. oops. it's actually a two-state solution. the mistake was acknowledged and corrected about half an hour later. >>> state of same-sex marriage before supreme court. actor morgan freedom. >> now across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian americans to marry the person they l
have to wonder. egypt plays such an important role in the truce with hamas and israel and knows his role is important in the region he is feeling the power and thought i can do this because i just came off helping broker this major bee cal have to wonder if he's feeling the power a little bit now. very interesting dynamic in that country. >> power certainly corrupts. >>> a new study. important headline for parents. a new study out this morning letting the air out of inflatable bounce houses. i should have read this before i let my kids bounce on one of these over the weekend. researchers say bouncy houses are a sure-fire way for kids to land in the emergency room with broken bones, sprains, cuts, and concussions. the study finds 30 children a day are treated for injuries from bounce house accidents. the study in the journal of pediatrics. just give them a helmet. >> 30 kids a day. wow. man, all right. >>> if retail sales for the holiday season off the charts this year. online sales are expected to hit record today. online cyber monday, bargains are already posted on retail web sites
israel is the culprit. what they really want to the know is who helped them? allen pizzey ramallah. >>> and former fbi assistant director joins us now. what do you make of this? >> this harkens back to the alexander case in london. the former kgb spy also poisoned with polonium 210. that was 2006. this was 2004. dropped in his tea by somebody he met at a hotel you and i have been to in the square. that also suggests if you look at the arafat case the amount of proximity you would have to have to do this in other words, there weren't half a dozen plo leaders or family member whose got sick when somebody poisoned a meal. if in fact this turns out to be a poisoning, it had to be somebody one on one who to cut this into this drink in a fair amount. >> i know polonium 210 used with alexander and suspected with yasser arafat. his body has been interred for years. what's the chances they'll find traces of that? >> the fbi, the guy who worked on the other case a shelf life of 138 days. a pound of it 138, a half pound of it. interred since 2004. a highly concentrated bu
in terms of mr. obama's big win last night. any reaction on the glaeobal stage? >> couple things, in israel, benjamin netanyahu congratulating barack obama on his re-election. president putin in russia saying the same thing. one thing i can tell you, the taliban, telling barack obama it's team to get out of afghanistan. so, a stern message from them. >> all right, abc's mark greenblat reporting from capitol hill, live this morning, we thank you, mark. we will extend to you or olive branch as well. >> thank you. >> good to see this kind of tone though on capitol hill. especially kidding just, how divisive it has been. it's good for america to see this. john boehner coming out today. harry reid as well. boehner said, we can't keep setting the bar that low. it is time we raise the bar. i loved what he said about we are ready to be led not as democrats or republicans, but as americans, not as a liberal or conservative, but as the president of the united states. >> that's the quote mark alluded to. you hope in light -- dual messages last night. the country overwhelmingly elected barack obama bac
-fire between israel and hamas, and the u.s. official tells cnn that iran is already figuring out how to resupply hamas with missiles and other weapons. >>> a flight from fort lauderdale to san juan, puerto rico, forced to circle back and land just after takeoff because of a bird strike. an inspection confirmed a bird hit the right engine of that jetblue flight yesterday. passengers were put on a different flight and arrived in san juan after a 2 1/2 hour delay. >>> monday night football action in philadelphia, kind of like a loser bowl. not a marquee match-up. the eagles and panthers, two of the worst teams in the nfl. but it was a big night for panthers qb cam newton. he threw for two touchdown passes, and he ran for two touchdowns himself. there he goes. that wasn't him. way to go, man. 30-22. eagle quarterback michael vick had to sit out of the game because he's still recovering from a recent concussion. ahead on "starting point," more republican lawmakers breaking with grover norquist on that pledge not to raise taxes. could there be a political backlash? next hear from one senat
. the palestinians, of course, have long accused israel of poisoning yasser arafat. israelis not willing to comment on that. palestinians say they hope this investigation will get them some clarity. carol? >> fred pleitgen, reporting live from the west bank this morning. >>> chris christie says he's finally able to look beyond the devastation unleashed on his state by superstorm sandy and says the long recovery home has convinced him to run for re-election next year. storm victims have been asking about his plans. >> this weekend, mary pat and i, the kids, had an opportunity to just kind of have a few minutes to ourselves. and we talked about it. and we've decided we're going to seek re-election. and we're wanting to get that going today. so i instructed my campaign treasurer to file papers with the election law enforcement commission to seek re-election. and so -- >> there you have it. christie has been extremely hands on in dealing with the storm damage. that has helped fuel a huge spike in his approval ratings which now hover around 80%. >>> in dewitt county, illinois, reluctantly agreed to a co
. >> the indications we have or the convictions we have that israel have done this assassination but yet we still need evidence. >> israel meantime denied those allegations. >>> a fiery scene in downtown sydney, australia, today. look at this with me and you'll see a cab, look at this, of a construction crane engulfed in flames, black smoke. it gets worse. because this is the moment when the crane, this arm here collapses, falls into a building, barely misses the busy street below. here's where the story gets a little bit more intriguing. the operator of the crane was also the manager of the crane that collapsed in new york during superstorm sandy. >>> drugs, gangs, murder. one expert says that is exactly what many americans think of mexico and the country's newest leader here, the president elect, about to set down with president obama in washington. just about an hour from now. coming up next, what this could mean for the immigration fight in america. ups store. that's right. i've learned the only way to get a holiday deal is to camp out. you know we've been open all night. is this a trick to get my
with military honors in a private ceremony. israel denies long-standing charges of poisoning arafat, who died in 1994. results are not expected for months. >>> washington post says the government will not let a new mexico peanut butter plant reopen. salmonella was found in several parts of that plant earlier this year, blamed for making 41 people sick around the country. the plant was going to reopen today before the fda announcement. >>> britain's "telegraph" reports on newly released video in norway. setting off a bomb at a government building in oslo then went to a youth camp and gunned down dozens of young people. in all 77 people were killed. he is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence. >>> "l.a. times" says two men have been chosen to spend four years aboard the international space station, scott kelly, brother-in-law of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords and a russian cosmonaut. the two are scheduled to launch in 2015. >>> "star tribune" reports minnesota of university hospital delivered 19 boys in a row this weekend. the odds of 19 consecutive baby
france is going along with the rest of the general assembly, the united states and israel and a few others will probably stand alone against this gesture considered a very important move by the sort of weakened fatah branch of the palestinians after what happened with gaza and hamas and susan rice has to represent the united states. and there's got to be a lot of weakening of her position. >> wow, a lot going on. obviously the fiscal cliff as well. the president is sitting down with a dozen chief executeties today to talk about this. some of them were prominent supporters of mitt romney. and then the president is going to try and sell his budget plan going to a toy factory. speaking of -- >> that's where i'd go. >> speaking of the budget, coming up, former treasurer secretary larry summers joins us on set and ray liotta and mark mckinnon and in a few minutes harold ford jr. up next the top stories in the political playbook with mike allen but first bill karins with a check on the forecast. bill. >> good morning, mika and everyone out here live rockefeller plaza. the world's failous
to remember that when you talk about egypt's relationship to israel and the palestinians, egypt is a country of 80 million people. t a lot of them are poor. accepting palestinians working with that region is. >> reporter: fraught. >> gut reaction. at the end of the day, the man, i'm curious what rick came away feeling, one sentence what this man has to say about israel as a friend? >> i think that's still a question mark. looking at facts, he didn't open the borders between egypt and gaza to allow militants out or allow guns back in. i think looking at actions at this point is what we have to go on. >> you touched on the president's desire to turn back power in the next two weeks or two-week time frame. how is that sitting still? you've got the protests in the square. you've got that momentum that seems to be rebuilding, that led to the ouster of mubarak and the toppling of that government. do they have that concern in the back of their mind? are they seriously looking to turn this thing around and giving the power back to the people or is this stage craft? >> it's a great question. it's int
.s. and israel strongly object to the move, arguing that palestinians must first recognize israel's right to exist before gaining new rights at the u.n. >>> all right. harold, let's do "the l.a. times." >> i enjoyed watching him do it. >> i'm getting nervous. "los angeles times." a new study finds ice sheet melting in greenland and an antarctica, more than 300 billion tons of glacial ice are lost each year. the earth's sea level has risen eight inches since pre-industrialization times. >> that was a good read. you were overemphasizing a tad bit, but i like it. i'll give you some lessons. >> my posture, do i do this? >> you just want to be centered. you want to be strength, warmth, confidence is what you want to exude. you want to cluster some words so you don't bore people. >> i thought i was talking too fast. >> in my next life, i'm going to be a consultant and teach people how to truly learn how to communicate on television. >> that is great. >> you think that's what i should do? >> yes. >> should i make that career change right now? >> what would the hours be like? >> the hours would b
protesters gathered near tahrir square. israel's cabinet chief says there will be no retreat from the presidential decree. >>> tomorrow president barack obama and governor mitt romney will have a private lunch at the white house. cnn has also learned mitt romney will meet with his former running mate congressman paul ryan of wisconsin. >>> to to politics now. today might be your lucky day. the obama administration is taking its tax fight to twitter asking you to speak out on the bush tax cuts using the hash tag my2k. that is the estimated amount in tax hikes the administration says a middle class family of four could face if the bush tax cuts expire on the middle class. but the white house isn't limiting its efforts to social media. president obama is heading to pennsylvania on friday where he'll make his pitch to extend existing tax breaks for families making $250,000 or less. joining me now cnn contributor granderson and republican strategist ron bonjean. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> minutes ago we heard from eric cantor, part of the gop le
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